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September 2017 Convocation


Convocation votes overwhelmingly to change the Law Society's name at next meeting
To further its commitment to facilitating access to justice for Ontarians, Convocation voted overwhelmingly to change the Law Society's name at its next meeting in November and to discontinue use of the words “Upper Canada.” Full story

New rules approved re: real estate advertising
New rules for the advertising of fixed-price residential real estate services support transparency and ensure consumers may easily compare prices. Full story.


Access to Justice enhanced with delivery of legal services through CSOs
Convocation approved, in principle, a policy to permit lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services through civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities and not-for-profit organizations. Full story.

Administrative fees increased
Convocation approved increases to late filing and payment fees. Full story.

Lawyer and paralegal rules amended
Convocation amended rules and guidelines regarding: Dishonesty, fraud by clients or others; Competence and the provision of legal opinions; Language rights. Full story.

LawPRO 2018 Insurance Program - Base premium remains at $2,950




Public Minutes

Public Transcript


Treasurer's Remarks

Consent Agenda - Motion

  •  Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation - June 29 and August 15, 2017
  •  Motion - Appointments
  •  Executive Director's Report on Administrative Calls to the Bar

Audit Finance Committee Report

  • Administrative Fee Increases

For Information:

  • LAWPRO Financial Statements for the Six Months ended June 30, 2017
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Financial Statements for the Six Months ended June 30, 2017
  • LibraryCo Inc. Financial Statements for the Six Months ended June 30, 2017
  • Investment Compliance Reporting
  • Other Committee Work

LawPRO Report

Strategic Communications Steering Group Report

  • Renaming the Law Society of Upper Canada

Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Alternative Business Structures Working Group - Civil Society Delivery of Legal Services
  • Report of the Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group - Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct

For Information:

  • 2017 Lawyer Annual Report

Paralegal Standing Committee Report 

  • Amendments to the Paralegal Rules of Conduct

For Information:

  • Amendments to the Paralegal Guidelines
  • 2017 Paralegal Annual Report

Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee/Comité sur l'équité et les affaires autochtones Report

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Request for Interventions

 For Information

  • Update on Implementation of Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Report Recommendations
  • Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Semi-Annual Report, July 1 to December 31, 2016
  • Equity Legal Education and Rule of Law Series Calendar Fall 2017

Reports for Information Only

Tribunal Committee Report

  • Tribunal 2017 First and Second Quarter Statistics

Report from The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)


Convocation was webcast on September 28, 2017. View the archived webcast.
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